Opportunity Starts at Home is a long-term, multi-sector campaign to meet the rental housing needs of the nation’s low-income people.

Housing affordability is central to other national priorities, like health care, food security, education and more. Yet the gap between rents and incomes is growing, and this is compounded by unprecedented threats to federal housing assistance. Proven solutions to ending homelessness and housing instability exist – what’s missing is the political will to provide resources that will put these solutions into practice in communities across the nation.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition launched the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign together with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Children’s HealthWatch, Make Room, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and with a steering committee of partners including Catholic Charities USA, the Children’s Defense Fund, Community Catalyst, the Food Research and Action Center, NAACP, National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Association of Community Health Centers, the National Education Association, the National League of Cities and UnidosUS.

Campaign Goals

The goals of the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign are to advance federal housing solutions that:

  • Bridge the growing gap between renter incomes and rising housing costs
  • Provide aid to people experiencing job losses or other economic shocks to avert housing instability or homelessness
  • Expand the affordable housing stock for low-income renters
  • Defend existing rental assistance and other targeted housing resources from harmful cuts

Learn more about Opportunity Starts At Home

Memo to Members and Partners Articles

August 16, 2021

New Study: Housing is Important for Heart Health

A recent study conducted by the American Heart Association finds that housing is an important determinant of cardiovascular health and well-being, making the case that housing should be considered in efforts to eliminate racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities. The study finds that adults…

August 9, 2021

Study Reports Neighborhood Impacts on Long-Term Outcomes for Children

A recently released study from the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that longer exposure to more advantaged neighborhoods during childhood improves long-term health, well-being, and neighborhood quality outcomes during adulthood. The study identifies neighborhood stressors and health-…